Pacers sign veteran Damien Wilkins, rookie Ben Moore

Almost four weeks after agreeing to a deal with the Indiana Pacers to return to the NBA, Damien Wilkins signed his contract Tuesday in the organization’s new offices at the St. Vincent Center.

Wilkins is 37 years old and has been out of The Association since 2013, when he last played for the Philadelphia 76ers. Since then, he has played overseas in China, Puerto Rico, Venezuela — and with Iowa and Greensboro of the NBA Development League.

Fun fact: His last NBA game was against the Pacers in Indianapolis. That was back on April 17, 2013. He scored 15 points in the 10-point win.

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The signing reunites Wilkins, a 6-6 forward, with head coach Nate McMillan. Wilkins played for him during his rookie season (2004-05) in Seattle.

Wilkins’ contract is for one-year at the league minimum ($2.1 million). The Pacers, who open the season on Oct. 18 against Brooklyn, now have 14 of 15 roster spots filled.

The Pacers also announced the signing of Ben Moore, a 6-foot-8 undrafted free agent out of Southern Methodist University. The contract — which is partially guaranteed, per a league source — is an affiliate (Exhibit 10) deal, meaning he’ll play with their G League team, the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.

Moore, a four-year player at SMU, went to high school in Bolingbrook, Illinois. The 22-year-old was with the Pacers in Orlando for Summer League, where he averaged 3.8 points and 3.0 rebounds per game in five appearances.

The Pacers previously signed second-round pick Edmond Sumner to the organization’s first-ever two-way deal.

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